A colour party forms a guard of honour at the funeral of  Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn. Picture: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Garda would do “exactly the same thing” if an attempted robbery in which Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn was shot dead in 1998 happened again. The (...)

A garda at the scene in Kilcurry, Dundalk, where taxi driver Martin Mulligan was killed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating the killingof Co Louth taxi driver Martin Mulligan were studying his mobile phone records and local CCTV on Monday in the hope of(...)

Possession of a firearm increased by 21 per cent to 214 cases in the 12-month period to the end of June. File photograph: Gary Fox/PA Wire

Many forms of serious crime have increased, though the murder rate has fallen significantly in the Republic. Burglaries were up by nine per cent, to 2(...)

A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

A Spanish police forensic team at the Angel de Miraflores apartments complex, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Photograph: Solarpix

Irish criminal Gary Hutch was shot dead in Spain by an international crime gang who tried to murder him last year because they suspected he was an inf(...)

Sunshine and gun crime: Spain’s Costa del Sol is popular with holidaymakers and Irish criminals. Photograph: PA

The gun murder of Dubliner Gary Hutch (34) is thelatest in a series of killings in which Irish criminals who set off for a lifeof crime in the sun hav(...)

The apartment complex in Mirarflores where Dublin criminal Gery Hutch was murdered. Photograph: solarpix.com

A man shot dead in Spain on Thursday morning was the Dublin armed robber and suspected gunman Gary Hutch. The 34-year-old from Dublin’s north inner ci(...)

A detective garda who tried to revive Real IRA man Rónán Mac Lochlainn by giving him CPR did not realise at the time he had just been shot in the ches(...)

A file photograph from 1998 showing a colour party forming a guard of honour for the body of Real IRA member Ronan Mac Lochlainn, who was shot dead by gardaí during a botched robbery, prior to his funeral. Photograph: The Irish Times.

A detective who crashed his car into a vehicle driven by Real IRA man Rónán Mac Lochlainn just seconds before he was shot dead by another Garda was ne(...)

A colour party forms a guard of honour as the coffin bearing the remains of Real IRA member Ronán MacLochlainn leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The coffin bearing the remains of dissident IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn leaves the funeral home in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A former senior detective who discharged his gun during a botched robbery in which a member of the Real IRA was shot dead has denied having “something(...)